when it comes for tech, it can feel like Apple is the rich and the varied Android gadgets are the scrappy Rebellion. I don’t know how long I can keep up this Star Wars metaphor, but I to do know that the power of insurrection is strong today. Amazon is holding an “Android Days” sale event ending Aug. 30 at 11:59 PM PT, and some of our favorite phones are on sale right now (along with some other goodies, like earbuds). This includes Google Pixel, Samsung, Motorola and OnePlus devices. If you are looking for a new handset, today is a great day to get your hands on one.
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Google Pixel Deals
You can learn more about these devices in our Best Google Pixel Phones and Best Wireless Earbuds guides.
The Pixel 6A is our favorite Android phone (8/10, recommended by WIRED), and it’s the lowest price we’ve seen (it just launched last month). The Google Tensor chip is a standout, but our favorite software features are the highly accurate Assistant Voice Typing, so you can speak your messages instead of typing them; Hold For Me, to avoid long and annoying waiting times; and Now Playing, to know which song is playing without having to ask. The Pixel 6A doesn’t come with wireless charging or charging, but this phone is water resistant, has an excellent camera system and a bright OLED display.
The Pixel 7 is right around the corner, but this is still a great price (the lowest we’ve ever seen) for last year’s Pixel 6 (9/10, recommended by WIRED). Its larger camera sensors allow it to capture some of the best photos of any smartphone right now. The upgrades over the Pixel 6A include a 90Hz display for buttery smooth animations, a larger OLED display, support for wireless charging, and better build materials. It will get two more OS upgrades and four more years of security updates. If you want an even bigger phone and an excellent camera with 4x optical zoom, the Google Pixel 6 Pro retails for $649 ($250 off) at Target.
The Pixel Buds A-Series (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are our favorite wireless earbuds for most people. They have excellent sweat resistance and a comfortable fit, and they can also be paired with Android phones and iPhones pretty fast. The only downside to pairing with an iPhone is that you don’t get Google Assistant integration. However, the audio sounds better than Apple’s AirPods, so it might still be worth it.
Samsung phone deals
Read our Best Android Phones guide for more recommendations.
The Galaxy S22 series (9/10, WIRED recommended) are some of the best Android phones money can buy. They contain almost everything you could want in a smartphone, from powerful processors to hefty batteries that last a little more than an entire day. Most people will be happy with the standard Galaxy S22 and its handy size. This is the lowest price we’ve ever tracked. If you want a bigger phone, the S22+ retails for $750 ($250 off).
The S22 Ultra is the ultimate Android phone, and not just because it has a built-in stylus. The 6.8-inch screen is huge, but our favorite feature is the 10x optical zoom camera, which lets you zoom out super far and still get sharp shots of your subject. Read more about the differences in the S22 series here.
This is an excellent smartphone for its suggested retail price, and this discount makes the deal even sweeter (although the phone often drops to this price point). The Galaxy A53 (8/10, WIRED recommended) has a large 6.5-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, decent cameras and a battery that lasts all day. It will update for longer than any other Android phone at this price: Samsung promises four OS upgrades and five years of security updates. Just know there’s no headphone jack and wireless charging, but you do get a MicroSD card slot.
OnePlus Phone Deals
The OnePlus 10 Pro (7/10, WIRED recommended) is a good phone, but it costs a bit much for what you get. That’s why OnePlus has officially lowered its MSRP from $900 to $800 this month, and this deal lowers that even further. You get one of the fastest charging options out there, so if you often find yourself charging your phone from a wall outlet, this is the device you’re looking for. It has smooth performance, a 120 Hz display and capable cameras. Keep in mind that if you use AT&T you will only get 4G LTE as this device does not support the 5G of the network.
The Nord N20 5G (7/10, WIRED recommended) is a much cheaper option than most of the devices on this list, but that doesn’t mean many compromises. You still get an AMOLED screen, an all-day battery, and excellent performance. It even has NFC support so you can pay contactless. It gets three years of security updates, but only one OS upgrade. There’s no 5G support on AT&T, and 5G doesn’t work on Verizon either, so it’s really best for everyone on T-Mobile.
The OnePlus 9 (8/10, WIRED recommended) is OnePlus’ flagship from last year and it’s a pretty good phone. It’s getting two more OS upgrades and three more years of security updates, so it’ll take a while, but the big advantage is that you’re getting top-notch performance at a great price. It will have no trouble with the most demanding games. It even supports wireless charging and has a 120Hz AMOLED display. The cameras are just OK.
Motorola phone deals
Our guide to the best cheap phones has more Motorola advice.
The Moto G Stylus 2022 is a perfect fine phone, but it is a much better value at this price. You get two days of battery life, a 90Hz LCD display and three years of security updates. The performance has actually decreased compared to its predecessor, which is unusual, but it still works well enough. There’s still no NFC to let you pay with your phone, and I didn’t find the built-in stylus that useful. But for $200, it does the job.
The Moto G 5G is another Motorola phone that was overpriced for what you get at its suggested retail price, but a better deal at this price. There is 5G support, a battery life of one and a half days and decent performance. It gets three years of security updates, but only one OS upgrade. NFC is still not available, so you can’t pay contactless and the cameras are matte.